Part Three: I told you so, Australian Christian Lobby

At this point, some of you may now understand why the Religious Discrimination Bill is insane but still feel that I should have zipped it on the Australian Christian Lobby in particular and Christian lobbyists in general.

So I’ll now answer the criticism that I have already received and which I know will still come my way.

Again there are number of questions. And, again, I’ll give some answers.

The questions are as follows:

One – Is it possible that you are wrong about the Religious Discrimination Bill?

Two – How can you criticise Martyn Iles when he is such a nice guy?

Three – Is it wise to attack the ACL when it does so much good work?

Four – Aren’t you destroying Christian unity which we need now more than ever?

Five – Why are you blaming the ACL when anti-Christian amendments to the Religious Discrimination Bill were brought in by the Labor Party?

Six – Shouldn’t you approach the ACL and sort this out privately?

Seven – Don’t you just have a beef with the ACL ‘cos it hasn’t helped you?

And here are the answers.

 

One – Is it possible that you are wrong about the Religious Discrimination Bill?

No.

And, in fact, this is so obvious that no one is even asking this question. I just put it in to highlight this fact.

Everyone who thinks about it knows that the Religious Discrimination Bill is dud.

Even Martyn Iles admits it has problems. This just makes the ACL’s decision to push for this law all over again nuclear-grade insanity.

 

Two – How can you criticise Martyn Iles when he is such a nice guy?

I’m sure Martyn Iles is a nice guy. He’s also articulate, convincing, credentialed and charming.

However, none of that is relevant. It is entirely irrelevant.

Martyn could be the nicest guy on earth and it would make no difference to the fact that he is pushing for a law that will increase the persecution of Christians.

That is all that matters.

Further, his niceness et al actually just makes him dangerous.

These attributes are the reason why so many people were conned over the Religious Discrimination Bill. These attributes were used to help almost get this abomination of a law over the line.

I wish Martyn would do something good with his attributes. But at the moment he’s using them in all the wrong ways.

 

Three – Is it wise to attack the ACL when it does so much good work?

I’m sure the ACL does some good work.

But whatever that work is or was, it pales in comparison to the enormous destruction it wreaked in the moronic campaign to push through the Religious Discrimination Bill. Christian freedom was almost destroyed in this nation.

On any objective analysis, doing a little good in one area versus helping in a campaign to eradicate Christianity from public life entirely is a net win for the bad guys.

And now the ACL is trying to do it all over again.

These guys should steer clear of politics entirely. They just aren’t good at it.

I wouldn’t level this criticism at a group that valiantly lost every battle fighting the good fight in staunch defence of its principles. But I will level it at a group that abandons all logic and principle for political gain and still comes out second best.

The ACL supported relationship registers in the hope that they would ward off gay marriage. How’d that work out?

Now it’s backing a Religious Discrimination Bill in the hope that it will ward off…a Religious Discrimination Bill.

Good luck with that.

It’s an approach that has loser written all over it. Staying silent in these circumstances is certainly not wise and it is no longer an option.

 

Four – Aren’t you destroying Christian unity which we need now more than ever?

On the surface, it may appear that those who want Christian freedom and the ACL are on the same side. But, and I cannot state this any more clearly, they are not on the same side.

I want Catholic schools to be free. The ACL is campaigning to put them under the control of the Thought Police.

We are not on the same side. There can be no unity over this.

I will not ‘unite’ with people who are fighting for the enemy and cannot do so without abandoning truth.

I would love the ACL to unite with people fighting for Christian freedom. But whether it does or not is entirely up to those leading this organisation. In the meantime, it is the ACL causing division.

 

 Five – Why are you blaming the ACL when anti-Christian amendments to the Religious Discrimination Bill were brought in by the Labor Party?

There are two things that must be understood here.

Firstly, even before any amendments were made to the Religious Discrimination Bill it was a train wreck. None of it was good. And the ACL was in the engine compartment, increasing power and driving this anti-Christian complaint factory onto the floors of parliament with as much speed as it could muster.

The amendments did not fundamentally or intrinsically change the essential nature of this bill. They simply tacked on additional things anti-Christian activists could complain about. An already bad bill was just made worse. But it was still already bad.

Secondly, and even more embarrassingly for the ACL, these amendments were entirely predictable.

They were so predictable that when they did pass, they passed on a unity ticket between Labor, the Greens and the Liberal ‘wets’ who easily had the numbers in parliament.

Anyone with a general knowledge of politics and an ability to count could have predicted with certainty that the Religious Discrimination Bill would be made worse in parliament. The Prime Minister even promised that it would be amended last year.

Yet lobbyists working for the ACL who profess to be professionals at their job now claim that they were taken by surprise. If they really were taken by surprise, the claim that they are professionals is a joke and they should do us all a favour and just go home where they cannot cause any further harm.

At best, the ACL jeopardised us all with its negligence and naivety. But it has not learnt. The ACL wants to do this all over again.

It is madness.

 

Six – Shouldn’t you approach the ACL and sort this out privately?

I have approached the ACL. I tried nicely. And I tried bluntly. But I was ignored by the Christian brainiacs.

In particular, I have emailed, texted and spoken to Martyn Iles and associated others over a number of years pointing out the inherent anti-Christian problems of the Religious Discrimination Bill. He kept supporting it. He keeps supporting it.

Good question though.

And now it’s time for I told you so. I told the ACL that the Religious Discrimination Bill would result in protestors outside schools. I predicted this publicly before Citipointe Christian College even erupted.

So, I told you so, ACL…

 

Seven – Don’t you just have a beef with the ACL ‘cos it hasn’t helped you?

Whether I have a beef with the ACL is irrelevant to the fact that this organisation should be publicly condemned for supporting, and continuing to support, a proposed law that will destroy Christian freedom in Australia.

I would be speaking up if I was best mates with Martyn Iles. I would do this even if the ACL had funded my legal fees.

What Martyn Iles and the ACL are doing is wrong. It’s also beyond bonkers.

But, yes, I do have a beef with the ACL. And, no, I will not go into its details here. Like I said, that beef is irrelevant to the fact that the ACL should be publicly condemned for its support of the Religious Discrimination Bill.

However, please do not send me any more emails like this:

Dear Bernie,

Have you heard of this guy called Martyn Iles. He saved Israel Folau. He runs the Australian Christian Lobby and does a great job. You should check them out and ask for help. They exist just to help people like you.

Cheerio,

Some Helpful Christian

Thank you. I get that you want to help. But you’re wasting your time for reasons that are totally and completely beyond my control.

Instead, write to the ACL and ask it this: what has it done to help John Sunol?

Because as much as I need help, this man needs it more. And given the ACL can raise over $2 million for a rich rugby player (and I was the very first person to donate to that), John should get it too.

John is brain damaged, a pensioner and he has been left abandoned. So far, the only help he’s received is from donations raised via this website and through support from a a very, very small number of good samaritans. But it’s been tumbleweeds from the Christian institutions out there bragging about how they help the little people while hoovering up money.

John’s story should shame all Christians in Australia. It also shows just how dumb we are. What happens to John affects us all.

John’s been subjected to more legal attack from gay activists than any other person in Australia. Given he lacks all capacity to mount any proper defence, I just can’t think why that might be.

While ‘respectable’ Christian lobbyists cling to high profile sporting stars, John has been left discarded and alone. And targeted. And targeted. And targeted.

And quietly, because no one cares about lonely, embarrassing John, precedents are set which are then used on bigger fish.

One day, unless we start protecting the little people, Christians in Australia will wake up and find that the Managing Director of the ACL can no longer speak about marriage. And somewhere in the fine print of the legal decision you will find the name John Sunol.

That would be ironic in all sorts of ways.

Martyn Iles and the ACL are very aware of John Sunol.

So, has the ACL watched John burn because he’s not high profile? Or is it because it is embarrassed by his brain-damaged communications and has chosen to avoid all association with him?

Take your pick. I’m going with a little from column A and a little from column B.

But we cannot continue to ignore John. We all have to deal with the precedents that follow his cases. Even Israel Folau. And, by the way, he only got out of that because I actually turned up in court to fight.

And I did that with your help, not institutional support. Better still, it only cost a fraction of what was spent on Israel Folau’s battle that never happened.

 

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Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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